Outdoor Photographer

Appalachian Mountains & Carolina Coastlines

It’s simple for me.  Whether it’s in the cold headwaters of a mountain stream, on the rugged crest of an Appalachian Mountain, or standing in the rhythmic surf of a Carolina coastline, out “there” is where I’m at my best.  Out there is where I want to be, actively engaging the natural landscape and doing my best to authentically communicate the many moods and stories of place through the visual language of photography.

Where I work

I focus on the Southern and Central Appalachian Mountains and the Carolina coastlines.  Areas I visit annually include: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Blue Ridge Escarpment, the Roan Highlands, Shenandoah National Park (SNP), Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, the Outer Banks (OBX), the Potomac River Gorge, and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Private Photography Tours

It takes years to get to know a place:  where to go, at what times of day, during which seasons and what gear to bring along.  Let me be your shortcut!  I’ve spent the better part of ten years working my way across the landscape, camera gear in tow.  It would be my pleasure to share this experience with you or your small group.

Private and small group photography tours are optimal for those who are already competent with the basic functionality of their camera(s) and gear.  While I’m happy to provide field-based instruction where needed, private and small group photography tours really shine as customized experiences for individuals and small groups.  Want to hike longer distances or move through difficult terrain to arrive at more wild landscapes?  We can do that!  Want to scout a larger area of the landscape to return to on a later date?  I can make that happen as well.  Have a very specific destination that you’ve dreamed of visiting?  Or would you simply like to become more knowledgeable of the opportunities that exist behind the lens in an unfamiliar area?  Whatever your desires, private and small group photography tours allow us to work together directly to achieve them.

Below you can find more information on a number of places that I visit regularly and the calendar availability associated with each.  Don’t see the place or the dates that you desire?  Drop me an e-mail with the location, dates and instructional format you desire and I’ll see what I can make happen.  Check back regularly to find new offerings.  See you on the trail!

Group Photography Workshops

Group workshops represent the best choice for those either beginning their journey with the camera and/or those who are seeking to elevate their work beyond simply documenting beautiful things.  Each group workshop includes both a formal educational component along with the area expertise and guiding typical of a photography tour.  Expect to transition seamlessly from classroom to field over the course of multiple days of instruction, and benefit from the fellowship of other like-minded photographers throughout the experience.

I’m currently co-instructing several workshops with the guys over at Mountains to Sea Photography Workshops.  Each group workshop will benefit from the instruction of two full-time working photographers–myself and Tommy White.  Tommy and I both work the Appalachian Mountains and Carolina coastlines for a living; this is what we do and these are the places we do them.

The links below show my 2017 availability with M2C.  I’ll be adding links to future workshop offerings over the course of 2017.  Check back often!

Wall Calendars

Coming Soon!

Want an inexpensive way to get your hands on some of my photography?  I’m happy to announce that coming soon, I’ll be offering a 2017-18 wall calendar featuring 16-months of photography from various places I regularly visit around the Carolinas.  Check back or follow my social media feeds to stay up-to-date with the efforts!

The Journal

March/April/May 2017

March/April/May 2017

MONTH IN REVIEW March / April / May 2017 Mark VanDyke, Photographer 23 June 2017 When I started monthly reviews late last year I honestly thought I could fit in a post each month without too much pain.  Best laid plans, right?!  Spring has quickly become my busiest...

Published:  Landscape Photography Magazine May 2017

Published: Landscape Photography Magazine May 2017

I had the great opportunity to work with the folks over at Landscape Photography Magazine to showcase one of my favorite places to photograph, the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  While much has changed along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore since I was...

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